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Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most revered musicians of his generation. He has won unsurpassed admiration for his interpretation of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert. A Grammy nominated artist, Kovacevich has a long list of recordings for Philips and EMI. Most recently he has released, to unanimous critical praise, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for Onyx Classics, forty years after his first recording of the work.
09 Jul 2015
Stephen returns to Wigmore Hall on Monday 13 July with a live BBC Radio 3 Lunchtime recital performance of Berg’s Piano Sonata, Op.1 (which he first performed at Wigmore Hall in 1961 for his...
06 Jul 2015
This Autumn sees the 75th birthday of Stephen Kovacevich: among the most distinguished pianists of this century. To mark the occasion, he will be performing twice at London’s Wigmore...
15 Dec 2014
Stephen Kovacevich will perform a solo recital on 16 December at Salle Pleyel in Paris. His opening work is Bach’s Partita No.4 followed by Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 30 and Schubert’s...
07 Oct 2014
Stephen Kovacevich is to perform at St George’s Hall, Bristol on Friday 10 October at 19:30 as part of the BBC Radio 3 ‘The Brahms Experience’ series. As an unassailable Brahmsian Stephen...
11 Jun 2013
Stephen Kovacevich made a welcome return to Montreal performing Mozart’s Piano Concerto No.18 with the Montreal Symphony Orchestra under the baton of David Zinman...
16 May 2011
Stephen Kovacevich appears with Ensemble Orchestral de Paris on Tuesday 17 May in a programme devoted to Beethoven and Mozart. Kovacevich features as soloist with violinist Deborah Nemtanu in...
12 Jan 2011
Stephen Kovacevich travels to Beijing to perform Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No 4 with the National Centre for the Performing Arts Orchestra.
30 Sep 2010
Stephen Kovacevich celebrates his 70th Birthday at the Wigmore Hall and is joined on stage by friends, Martha Argerich, Khatia Buniatishvili and the Belcea Quartet. Music includes Brahms’ Piano...
20 Feb 2010
Two VWM artists have been nominated for the BBC Music Magazine Awards in 2010. Stephen Kovacevich’s CD featuring Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations on the Onyx label is nominated in the Instrumental...
20 Jul 2009
Verbier Festival hosted two VWM artists this year; Yuri Bashmet,and Stephen Kovacevich. Marie-Elisabeth joined Stephen Kovacevich and friends the for a performance of Brahms’ Quintet for Piano and...
The Australian 20 February 2012 - Feb 2012
The Observer - Feb 2009
International Piano - Apr 2009
Gramophone – Editor’s Choice - Jan 2009
The Daily Telegraph - Jan 2009
Chicago Tribune (Recital at Chicago Symphony Centre - 28 February 2010) - Feb 2010
Stephen Kovacevich is one of the most searching interpreters. As a pianist he has won unsurpassed admiration for his playing of Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart and Schubert.
Born in Los Angeles, Stephen Kovacevich made his concert debut as a pianist at the age of eleven. When he was eighteen he moved to England to study with Dame Myra Hess. Since then his international reputation has been built both on his concert appearances, renowned for their thoughtfulness and re-creative intensity, and on the highly acclaimed recordings he has made throughout his career. He has appeared with many of the world’s finest orchestras and conductors including Colin Davis, Hans Graf, Bernard Haitink, Kurt Masur, Simon Rattle and Georg Solti.
Stephen Kovacevich remains a consummate and insightful performer: After a recent performance in Barcelona in January 2014, one critic remarked “Kovacevich gave, without any limitation, the measure of a truly great artist” (El Mundo)
Performance highlights this season include two recitals at the Salle Pleyel Paris ( December 2014 and May 2015), an extensive tour of the Far East including Korea, Taiwan and China, alongside a live BBC Radio 3 broadcast to celebrate their week long focus on Brahms in October 2014 as well as recitals in London (Wigmore Hall), Boston, Dublin and Cardiff to name a few. Recent concerto highlights include a triumphant return to Montreal Symphony Orchestra (under David Zinman), Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra (with Sylvain Cambreling), Malaysian Philharmonic (Jacek Kaspszyk), Orchestre de chambre de Paris (John Nelson) and Sydney Symphony Orchestra (Vladimir Ashkenazy). Stephen recently performed to a sell out audience for his recital at the International Piano Series at the Queen Elisbaeth Hall in London. In addition, Stephen is a regular soloist at the Verbier and Lugano festivals.
Stephen Kovacevich has enjoyed two long-term relationships with recording companies, first Philips and then EMI. Great projects of his work with EMI include a compelling series of Schubert Sonatas and a set of the 32 Beethoven Sonatas completed in 2003, hailed as one of the most authoritative ever recorded. One critic described The Hammerklavier as: ‘an unflinching, sometimes combative view of a titanic masterpiece, and a version to be spoken of in the same breath as those of Brendel, Gilels and Pollini...’ Kovacevich announces the music’s potency from the first bar. He also worked extensively with Colin Davis recording the Piano Concertos of Beethoven and Brahms and most notably Bartok’s Piano Concerto No.2.
In 2009 Stephen Kovacevich released, to unanimous critical praise, Beethoven’s Diabelli Variations for Onyx Classics, exactly forty years after his first recording of the work for Philips in 1968. The Financial Times wrote, ’a temperamental, almost explosive approach that resonates with rhythmic and nervous energy but also leaves room for elegance, wit and introspection. Kovacevich’s journey is always engrossing and never less than Beethovenian.’ This recording won the 2009 Classic FM Gramophone Editor’s Choice Award.
Stephen Kovacevich is a committed chamber music player who, from the beginning of his career, collaborated with Jacqueline du Pré for their celebrated recording of Beethoven’s Sonatas No. 3 and 5. Other past and present partners include Steven Isserlis, Gautier Capuçon, Renaud Capuçon, Kyung-wha Chung, Truls Mørk, Emmanuel Pahud, Anna Larsson, Khatia Buniatishvili, Belcea Quartet, Philippe Graffin, Alina Ibragimova and Martha Agerich.
Released on Onyx Classics, January 2009
For Stephen Kovacevich's extensive EMI catalogue please go to the following link: